1. Sir John Major shared most of Thatcher's conservative views, but, as prime minister, he showed himself to be more pragmatic and consensus-oriented in his approach.
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3. Sir John Major worked with the issue of preparing British entry into the European Union with there being internal party opposition, including that of Thatcher.
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9. Sir John Major's was a teacher and a member of the Young Conservatives.
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10. On 26 April 2010, Sir John Major gave a speech in the Cambridge Union, after which he was granted honorary membership of the society.
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18. Since leaving office, Sir John Major has maintained a low profile, indulging his love of cricket as President of Surrey County Cricket Club until 2002 and commentating on political developments in the manner of an elder statesman.
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19. Sir John Major was perceived as a weak and ineffectual figure, and his approval ratings for most of his time in office were low, particularly after "Black Wednesday" in September 1992.
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26. At the 1993 Conservative Party Conference, Sir John Major began the "Back to Basics" campaign, which he intended to be about a wide variety of issues including the economy, education and policing, but which was interpreted by many purely in the context of returning to the moral and family values that they associated with the Conservative Party.
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28. Sir John Major paved the way for the Good Friday Agreement, known as the 'Belfast Agreement', which was signed after he left office.
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29. Sir John Major opened talks with the Provisional Irish Republican Army upon taking office.
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35. In November 1976, Sir John Major was selected to be the candidate for the safe Conservative seat of Huntingdonshire.
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36. Sir John Major stood for election to Parliament in St Pancras North in both United Kingdom general elections in 1974, but was unsuccessful each time.
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37. Sir John Major stood as a candidate for Lambeth London Borough Council at the age of 21 in 1964, and was elected in the Conservative landslide in 1968.
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38. Sir John Major was sent to work in Jos, Nigeria, by the bank in 1967 and he nearly died in a car accident there.
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39. Sir John Major took up a post as an executive at the Standard Chartered Bank in May 1965 and he rose quickly through the ranks.
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45. Sir John Major was christened "John Roy Major" but only "John Major" was recorded on his birth certificate.
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46. Sir John Major went on to retire from active politics, leaving the House of Commons at the 2001 general election.
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48. Sir John Major went on to lead the Conservatives to a record fourth consecutive electoral victory, winning the most votes in British electoral history with over 14,000,000 votes at the 1992 general election, albeit with a reduced majority in the House of Commons.
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51. Sir John Major was first elected to the House of Commons at the 1979 general election as the Member of Parliament for Huntingdon.
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